The following post is a public service that was requested of me to post.
Ash Wednesday is a day of mourning and repentance. Its date is forty days before Easter (not counting Sundays, what with the metric calendar and all).
A cross of ashes and oil is placed on the forehead to remind folks of their condition as lowly sinners. Sometimes Psalm 51 is read during the service. It marks the first day of Lent with some form of institutional fasting. Here is a poem about Ash Wednesday by T. S. Eliot.
The reason my sister does not observe Lent is many fold.
1) She does not attend a Catholic or Reformed Church or probably even a church that thinks a person should be mournful or repentant at any point.
2) My sister would not stoop to putting “gross dirt” on her forehead.
3) Fasting is not exactly “up my sister’s alley.”
4) Until recently she thought this was National Clean Your Fireplace Day.
5) It bears noting that she has no concerns about observing Fat Tuesday.
6) My sister is still trying to figure out if there really is a metric calendar.